The State Of The Race For My Support
Speaking for me only
My title is facetious. No one is trying to get my support. But the race starts in earnest today and I will support someone in the Dem primary race. Right now, my weak support goes to Barack Obama, with Chris Dodd as my second choice.
What am I looking for in a candidate? First of all, support and leadership on the issues that mean the most to me.
Iraq is the most important issue to me. Barack Obama opposed the Iraq Debacle while all the other leading candidates supported it. (I know, I know, they didn't vote for the war they say. Sorry, they did.) This is a big thing. The problem is what about now? Throughout his Senatorial tenure, Barack Obama has been quite weak in his opposition to the Debacle and has not strongly supported actions by the Congress to end it until recently. He said the Congress should not play chicken with the President on Iraq. It was a terrible moment for him. By contrast, Chris Dodd has been leading on Iraq, calling for Congressional action to not fund the Debacle without a date certain for ending our involvement in the Iraq Debacle. Clinton has largely tracked Obama's path on this -the weak path, also until recently. John Edwards has offered strong rhetoric. Bill Richardson has distracted with a phony argument about "residual troops." On this point, a very important one, advantage Dodd. Among the Big 3, Edwards has been the best of late. But Obama got it right in the beginning. Clinton lags.
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